Principle #1 – Tap into Your Fun Quotient

I have been living day by day until recently. My main focus has been on finishing homeschooling. But now the end of the year is fast approaching…one more week left! Yay!

I’ve enjoyed spending time with my grandson and helping him with school. We laughed, argued, and cried as we faced the challenges of homeschooling. But above all, we enjoyed spending time together. I hope he will have positive and lasting memories of his second-grade year. And I’m proud to say, he will move onto third grade. I wonder what that will look like? We’ll find out soon…stay tuned.

Now it’s time to start thinking about summer! We are fortunate to have stay-at-home orders, in most states, relaxed a little. Just in time for summer! Some of us may not be comfortable enough to go on vacation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun in the backyard. We can have an adventure every day! I’m so excited!

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.”  –  Henry Ward Beecher

We can put on our Junior Ranger vest and fill the pockets with a magnifying glass, a compass, a granola bar, and water. Then go on a dinosaur hunt in the woods behind my house. We will probably come back with our pockets full of sticks, rocks, leaves, and bugs. Fun!

We can pitch a tent and have a campout. And we can fly kites, lay down on the ground, and see animal shapes in the clouds. When night falls, we can run around and catch fireflies and look at the stars. There are so many choices!

Reach back in the memories of your childhood. What did you like best about the summer? What did you enjoy doing? I remember having a small pool when I was little. And my sisters and I jumped and splashed all day. Try being carefree and bring out your inner child. Recreate the activities you enjoyed.

We have been inside for a long time, and our bodies are craving fresh air. Being active is great for our physical and emotional well-being. Enjoy the freedom of being outside and have fun. Have a picnic or go on a hike. The sky’s the limit on safe things to do.

“It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, I feel good, and no one’s gonna stop me now.”  –  Freddie Mercury

We may be able to enjoy outdoor activities, but we are still fighting a pandemic. And we still have our role to play. Remember to wear your mask when you can and practice social distancing. Together, we can keep this virus from spreading. So, be safe, have fun, and enjoy your summer!

Freedom is possible!


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